Cigarbox Planetarium is DC-based duo Andy Charneco and Deanna Pineda. They describe their music as “surf-prog-core.” But I think you gotta check them out yourself.
A fine example of mid-80s motivational soundtrack rock, a staple of the class-conscious underdog sports movies of the era (see also The Karate Kid, Better Off Dead). I have to wonder if “Break the Ice” wasn’t written for a different movie: the story of a young man who spends every afternoon on a frozen over baseball diamond in suburban Toronto practicing extreme moves in his hockey skates.
There’s a club scene in the 1983 classic Valley Girl where Randy (played by Nick Cage) falls into the arms of his ex. On the stage of that club is The Plimsouls performing “A Million Miles Away.” I hadn’t heard the band before but quickly bought their self-titled album and it’s still in my Top 100 of all-time!
Nice little stack of Latin, disco, funk, boogaloo & sampledelic electronica from the May 23rd DC Record Fair. Quite happy to be at this one, as I designed the [from all accounts, very well-received] poster. Got a couple hours to dig through the crates and catch up with friends. Missed the Fort Knox Five DJ…